Aleksi Novak was the oldest of 3 kids growing up in a poor household in South Zagoria. He had a decent childhood despite his family's financial shortcomings and always had a "glass half-full" perspective on things. When he turned 16 his father got him a job working with him on the docks in Chernogorsk to assist the family. All was going well and the Novak family's financial issue was finally on the verge of resolution when Aleksi's life changed forever. In 2009, the Chernogorsk docks were hit with a devastating terrorist attack. Amidst the carnage, Aleksi was lucky enough to escape unharmed but the same cannot be said for his friends, co-workers and especially his father. After his father's brutal death to the hands of the Chedaki, Aleksi swore to enact vengeance upon them, enlisting immediately after turning 18. After completing his training, he was selected to be an elite COBR operative.